The Gordon Square Arts District is growing with shops, galleries and of course restaurants. One that stands out is Luxe Kitchen & Lounge. Once you walk in you can’t help but notice the sleek contemporary design, but also with a touch of an eclectic feel. The former site of a bank, its vault contains a large assortment of wines including Luxe’s own house wines.
Starting with one of their signature flavor infused drink is a must. Pyrrhos is Tequila, blackberry puree, hot pepper essence, lime juice & simple syrup has a wonderful kick. For something very refreshing the Bloom is citrus vodka/lavender lemonade topped w/ blueberry puree. The Apollo is a twist on a classic Manhattan, Pecan infused bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a dash of cherry puree.
Remember that sharing is a good quality; this is never truer when dining at Luxe. We started with Fried Veal Stuffed Olives. These green queen olives are stuffed with a seasoned ground veal mixture, breaded then fried to a golden brown with house marinara for dipping. For this diner who’s not a big fan of olives, I found a new taste that I fell in love with. Fried Brussels Sprouts is a dish many turn their nose at, but trust me don’t pass this up. Deep-fried until the outer leafs are crisp, then finished with capers and citrus-soy-shallot vinaigrette. Delicious!
|Stuffed Risotto Balls|
The Kale Salad was not only intriguing, but refreshing. Black Tuscan kale topped with ricotta salata, shaved toasted almonds, with apple cider reduction and fresh grapefruit juice. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed a wonderful flavor. Next we experienced one of the unique “shared plates” from the menu. Arancini Arrabiata is Gruyere cheese-stuffed risotto balls, fried golden brown with a spicy tomato sauce. Absolutely a dish I want to experience again.
On to “The People’s Choice Award
Winning” from St. John Medical
Centers Top Chef Competition, the Potato Gnocchi. Handmade potato gnocchi with braised short
ribs, wild mushrooms, spinach and topped with a heavenly blue cheese cream
sauce. Do I really need to say anything else? Well yes, this dish has been on my mind since
the first bite. I’m anxious to return
with my friends and family just to see the expression on their faces as they partake
in this award winning dish.
|House Ho Ho|
6605 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44102
Happy hour M-F 5pm until 7pm
Open Mon-Sat @5pm
Sunday Brunch 10-3 Dinner 3-9